President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with Channels TV management and the family of Precious Owolabi, an NYSC member who died from a gunshot wound sustained during a clash between members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and the police.
The president also condoled with the Nigeria Police leadership over the death of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Usman Umar, of the FCT Command who also died during the violent clash.
Owolabi, 23, was shot while covering the clash between the police and the Shiite protesters on Monday in Abuja.
The president sent his condolence in a tweet on his official handle while describing their loss as sad and regrettable.
Buhari also reassured Abuja residents and Nigerians to go about their lawful activities without fear adding that law enforcement agencies are taking action to safeguard the nation.
“I most deeply commiserate with the families of Precious Owolabi, an NYSC member with @channelstv, & Deputy Commissioner of @PoliceNG, Usman Umar, of the FCT Police Command, who died during the violent protest by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) in Abuja yesterday.
“Condolences also to the management and staff of Channels TV, and the Police leadership, over the sad and regrettable loss. We salute their commitment to remaining steadfast and dedicated to their professional callings, even in this time of grief.
“I want to reassure residents of Abuja in particular and the country in general to go about their lawful activities without fear. The leadership of our security and law enforcement agencies are taking action to safeguard the nation against such mindless attacks.
“Let nobody or group doubt or test our will to act in the higher interest of the majority of our citizens.
“May the Almighty God grant rest to the souls of the departed and speedy recovery to the injured.”
Also, a police communique issued by DCP Frank Mba on Monday said two Assistant Superintendents of Police were also injured in the clash.